Widener Law visits U.S. Supreme Court
Public Relations - Published: March 5, 2008
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The Widener Law group included, from left, Stephen P. DeNittis, Nicole E. Ballenger, Margaret O’Neill, Gerald E. Fusella, Maria C. McLaughlin, Eileen A. Grena, Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, Nancy L. Stanford, Richard D. Huxford, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Halse, Stephen J. Wenger, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., William R. Snell, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland, Edwin M. Matzkin, James R. Demmel, Michele J. Mintz, Kao H. Lu, Darryl J. Liguori, Raj Srivatsan.

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Dean Linda L. Ammons speaks with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. signs a portrait of the court for Widener Law alumnus Raj Srivatsan.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. speaks to the group. At right are Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland, a Widener Law adjunct, and Law Dean Linda L. Ammons.

A group of Widener Law alumni and administrators had a private audience with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The group visited the Supreme Court March 3 for a hearing where 17 alumni were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland, who is a member of the Widener Law adjunct faculty, went with the group and presented the lawyers to the high court for admittance.

Roberts and Ginsburg attended the Widener reception that followed the swearing-in. The reception was held in the court’s West Conference Room, a stately space lined with portraits of all the country’s former chief justices.

“I congratulate you,” Roberts told them. Both he and Ginsburg visited with Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, Holland and the alumni. The group also met with court Clerk William K. Suter, who spoke briefly about some of the court’s history and his love of its traditions.

The Widener contingent then moved on to a luncheon at The University Club of Washington, D.C., where Ammons was the featured speaker. She focused on all the events happening on both law campuses and invited the alumni to keep in close contact.

“We are extremely proud of each and every one of you,” Ammons said. “I hope you are proud of your law school.”

Alumni admitted to the Supreme Court bar included:
  • Stephen P. DeNittis, Esq., ‘97
  • Nicole E. Ballenger, Esq., ‘01
  • Margaret O’Neill, Esq., ‘04
  • Gerald E. Fusella, Esq., ‘76
  • Maria C. McLaughlin, Esq., ‘92
  • Eileen A. Grena, Esq., ‘92
  • Nancy L. Stanford, Esq., ‘03
  • Richard D. Huxford, Esq., ‘01
  • Angela Halse, Esq., ‘03
  • Stephen J. Wenger, Esq., ‘03
  • William R. Snell, Esq., ‘00
  • Edwin M. Matzkin, Esq., ‘86
  • James R. Demmel, Esq., ‘03
  • Michele J. Mintz, Esq., ‘98
  • Kao H. Lu, Esq., ‘99
  • Darryl J. Liguori, Esq., ‘03
  • Raj Srivatsan., Esq., ’01 and ‘05
Widener Law National Advisory Council members Ken Lopez and Michael Brown also attended the luncheon and congratulated the group.